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SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By David Whitley
ESPN bills itself as the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Based on that, women's basketball is bigger worldwide than the Winter Olympics. Nothing against the Connecticut Huskies, but do they really warrant more airtime than Bode Miller, the U.S. women's hockey team, 3,000 Olympians from 88 countries and Bob Costas' valiant battle with pinkeye? If a Martian just landed anywhere in America that has cable, it would sure think so. Then it would fly to Sochi to have dinner with Jeremy Schaap, who must be feeling pretty lonely.
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OPINION
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In an effort to cut costs, many insurers in the new state health insurance exchanges are offering plans with "narrow networks" that include fewer doctors and hospitals - particularly the costlier ones with famous names, such as Cedars-Sinai. The trade-off has sparked complaints from some policyholders who've had trouble seeing their favorite doctor or, in some cases, any doctor in the right specialty. Although regulators have to address those issues, narrow networks can actually be a good thing for patients if done the right way. Insurers started limiting their customers' choice of providers long before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, steering patients to preferred doctors and hospitals through restrictive HMOs or more inclusive - and popular - PPOs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By David Whitley
Long before anyone heard of Dorothy Hamill, Shaun White, Bob Costas, Steve Jobs, live streaming or the Borg, there was Uncle Walter. He stood with his back to the camera as a blizzard set in. Then he whirled around and started a revolution. "From Squaw Valley, California, February 1960, the eighth Winter Games," he said. "This is Walter Cronkite reporting. " America was turned on. At least it was for the 13 black-and-white hours CBS broadcast during the first TV Olympics.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office. A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business. Experts have warned for months that the logjam was inevitable. But the extent of the problems is taking by surprise many patients - and even doctors - as frustrations mount.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner, This post has been updated as indicated below
The official Team USA opening and closing ceremony parade uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren may have been unveiled recently, but an unofficial Winter Games collection designed by American artists will be launched during fashion week in New York City. The "Purple and Gold" collection track suits were individually designed by 15 American artists, including Los Angeles-based Lucas Michael, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and David Benjamin Sherry, in response to Russia's anti-gay legislation.
WORLD
February 3, 2014 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT - The general command of Al Qaeda has disavowed one of its best-known and most successful affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is waging a brutal guerrilla war in both Middle Eastern nations. Apparently angered by the group's growing power and autonomy, Al Qaeda's Pakistani-based central command issued a blunt statement saying that the Islamic State is "not a branch of Al Qaeda," has no "organizational relationship" with Al Qaeda and its actions cannot be linked to Al Qaeda.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The National Football League is launching a new digital network that will allow fans to customize content based on their favorite teams and players. Called NFL Now, the online service will debut this summer in advance of the 2014 football season. It will be available on computers, tablets, mobile devices and televisions that can access the Internet. Live games will not be part of the service but there will be plenty of highlights to local team coverage. The network will not be a linear online channel per se, but more of a video-on-demand service that will let users tailor the programming to their needs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Meg James
Regional sports networks continue to be the hottest ticket in media. 21st Century Fox said Friday that it was taking a majority stake in the New York Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, known as the YES Network, a little more than a year after Fox first invested in the popular regional sports channel. Fox said it would increase its stake to 80%, up from the 49% interest it bought in December 2012. Fox declined to say how much it was paying for its increased interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail agency plans to replace a key subcontractor Friday in an attempt to keep on schedule a $211-million, state-of-the-art collision avoidance system. The passenger railroad's board of directors is expected to approve a $6.8-million contract to Wabtec Corp. for an important component of the "Positive Train Control" system that will help dispatchers keep track of trains on Metrolink's 500-mile network. Officials said the current subcontractor, ARINC, failed to meet deadlines and agreed to the change.
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